MCOM180: Global Leadership

MCOM180: Global Leadership

 Locations: Paris, France (3 weeks), Madrid, Spain (1 week), Brussels, Belgium (day trip)

Program Dates

June 16–July 11, 2014

Program Overview

Dr. Matt Cabot, associate professor in SJSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, is leading his fourth consecutive summer study abroad program in Europe. This 6-unit, four-week course is designed to help prepare students to live and work in an increasingly “globalized” world. Visits to some of Europe’s top strategic communication firms, class lectures, and variety of cultural activities, will introduce students to the kind of “global mindset” necessary to think, act, and lead globally.

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Academic Program

MCOM180: Global Leadership – France, Belgium, Spain (6units)

During this course, students will examine various globalization models to help them make sense of current geopolitical and economic issues around the world. Students will also gain a global perspective on public relations, advertising, and international reputation management. Additionally, students will explore the concepts of global citizenship and global corporate citizenship, and learn how to analyze and interpret cultural differences – all of which are designed to help students become more globally competent.

Cultural Activities

Students will enjoy guided walking tours of some of the Paris’ most interesting neighborhoods, a visit and tasting at a local cheese shop, a boat tour on the Seine river, museum and metro passes, a lunch and tour at one of Paris’ most famous outdoor markets, and many other opportunities to experience local Parisian life. Additionally, students will take a day trip to Brussels to visit the European Parliament and Brussels City Hall.

In Madrid, students will enjoy guided walking tours, a tapas tasting, and a day trip to Toledo and the Bodega Casa del Valle Winery, plus many other cultural activities.

Key learning objectives:

  • Students will gain an understanding of the nature of the world today by examining different globalization models.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the concept of global citizenship.
  • Students will gain an understanding the terms global corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility.
  • Students will gain an understanding of what it means to have a global mindset.
  • Students will gain an understanding of global entrepreneurship.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the European Union and how it works.
  • Students will gain an understanding of how to analyze and interpret cultural differences.


This is a 6-unit course designed for any upper division undergraduate or graduate student who desires to learn more about global citizenship and leadership—particularly in business. This course includes both pre- and post-trip assignments. French language ability is not required as classes are conducted in English.

Country Facts

Visit the relevant CIA World Factbook pages on France, Belgium, and Spain for general information about their geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and more.

CIA World Factbook pages on France

CIA World Factbook pages on Belgium

CIA World Factbook pages on Spain

Accommodation, Safety and Visas

Students will stay in dormitories at Cité Universitaire, one of Paris’ leading centers for international cultural and academic exchange, with full use of the ACCENT Center, including experienced local staff, computer access, lending library, and study area in both Paris and Madrid, and 24/7 emergency support.  In Madrid, students and faculty will stay in the Hotel Persal (breakfast included).

Bus and métro passes for the duration of the program are included, as well as transportation from Paris to Madrid. In general, students will be responsible for their own meals but will have the option to purchase meal tickets for the cafeteria at Cité Universitaire (Paris). Students will also have access to student kitchens on campus. Students will fly to and from Paris on their own. All program participants will be covered by mandatory travel insurance.

Travel breakdown:
Arrive in Paris on Monday, June 16
Depart for Madrid on Saturday, July 5
Spain part of the program begins on Monday, July 7

Overall Program ends on Friday, July 11

As a U.S. passport holder, you will be allowed to enter France, Belgium, and Spain without a visa for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

There is currently no US travel warning for France, Belgium, or Spain. For more information about safety abroad, visit the US Department of State Travel Information pages for each country:

US Department of State Travel Information page for France

US Department of State Travel Information page for Belgium

Program Leader

Dr. Mathew Cabot, Journalism & Mass Communications
(408) 924-3273

Estimated Costs

SJSU Special Session Tuition (6 units @ $250 each)


Administration Fee


Program fees, lodging, class materials and local tours approx.


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